JONES COUNTY, GA – Recently released bodycam footage captured the moments when a Jones County Sheriff’s deputy was non-fatally shot by a suspect during a traffic stop amid the early morning hours off of Highway 11 in Gray, Georgia.

The incident reportedly occurred on January 23rd after Deputy John Kile had pulled over a vehicle going approximately 35 mph in a 55 mph zone, with the driver, identified as 24-year old Zachary Lucas Olivar, also allegedly driving all over the road.

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Deputy Kile could be heard on the released footage delivering repeated commands to Olivar to exit the vehicle, with the suspect continuing not to comply.

Eventually, the suspect produced what appeared to be a white rag, telling Deputy Kile that he had nothing in his vehicle. Within mere moments, Olivar produces a firearm and shoots the deputy in the chest at close range.

Luckily, Deputy Kile was wearing his bulletproof vest during the incident.

The video then cuts to units pursuing Olivar’s vehicle, Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece saying that even Deputy Kile was among those pursuing Olivar even after being shot.

A pit maneuver was employed to put the suspect’s vehicle to a stop and Olivar was arrested without further incident. Authorities confirmed the suspect has since been charged with aggravated assault.

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Sheriff Reece confirmed that the suspect in custody has a history of mental health issues, and his family has reportedly been trying to get him help in that regard.

“Unfortunately, we hear about situations like this on a regular basis,” the Sheriff said. “Families are struggling to get help for loved ones with mental health issues; however, it seems all too often that these individuals fall through the cracks. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes an incident like this one to show how important accessibility to mental health care really is.

“Our jails are not designed to be mental health treatment facilities. Our hope is that this incident brings about a much needed change in the mental health system.”

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